Mayor’s challenge: Hire people with disabilities

Advocates tout benefits of skilled group such as lower turnover, absenteeism
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/03/2011

Mike Bradley, the mayor of Sarnia, Ont., isn’t in charge of recruitment but he knows he has a lot of influence in the community of 72,000 people in southwestern Ontario when it comes to setting a good example.

“Mayors do not control hiring but we do create the culture within a city, a community as it relates to hiring,” he said. “Mayors don’t hire but, if they’re true leaders, they certainly have influence on their city hall and on the community.”

Long a supporter of hiring people with a disability, Bradley decided to boost his efforts in January 2010 when he laid down the gauntlet and sent a challenge to other Ontario mayors: Do the right thing and hire persons with a disability.